Wildflower Bloom Reports for Central & Eastern Oregon: 2008

Wildflower Bloom in Central & Eastern Oregon: June 26 & 27, 2008

Buckhorn Lookout

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

a sunset view southeast across the steep slopes of the Imnaha River drainage to the Seven Devils Mountains in Idaho from Buckhorn Lookout. Hat Point in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is the ridgeline immediately in front of the Seven Devils.............June 26, 2008.

The photo above shows a sunset view southeast across the steep slopes of the Imnaha River drainage to the Seven Devils Mountains in Idaho from Buckhorn Lookout. Hat Point in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is the ridgeline immediately in front of the Seven Devils.............June 26, 2008.

* indicates flowers currently in bloom

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa -

* Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum -

*Few-flowered Wild Oatgrass: Danthonia unispicata -

* Idaho Fescue: Festuca idahoensis -

* Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa -

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicatum (formerly Agropyron spicatum) -

*Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum -

* Jone's Onion: Allium fibrillum -

* Tolmie's Onion: Allium tolmiei -

Big-pod Mariposa Lily: Calochortus eurycarpus - Flower buds forming.

Green-banded Mariposa Lily: Calochortus macrocarpus (var. maculosa ?) -

* Common Camas: Camassia quamash - A few plants still in bloom in places where snow stayed late into the season.

Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum - Pods forming.

Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - Pods forming.

*Douglas' Brodiaea - Triteleia grandiflora ssp. grandiflora (formerly Brodiaea douglasii) -

* Meadow Death Camas: Zigadenus venonosus -

*Wyeth Buckwheat: Eriogonum heracleoides var. heracleoides - Beginning to bloom.

Sulfur Buckwheat: Eriogonum umbellatum var. ellipticum (formerly var. croceum) - In bud.

*Doorweed: Polygonum aviculare -

* Spring Beauty: Claytonia lanceolata - Some plants are huge, with leaves up to 8 cm long!

* Line-leaf Montia: Montia linearis -

* White Campion, Bladder Campion: Silene latifolia ssp. alba (Lychnis alba) -

* Western Peony: Paeonia brownii -

* Slim Larkspur, Dwarf Larkspur: Delphinium depauperatum - Beginning to bloom.

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum -

Pale Alyssum: Alyssum alysoides - Going to seed.

Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii - Going to seed.

* Tumble Mustard: Sisymbrium altissimum -

Glaucous Penny Cress: Thlaspi glaucum -

* Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens -

* Bulblet Prairie Star: Lithophragma glabrum (Lithophragma bulbifera) -

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflora -

* Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga integrifolia var. claytoniifolia - Fading out of bloom.

Black Hawthorn: Crataegus douglasii var. douglasii -

* Wood Strawberry: Fragaria vesca ssp. bracteata -

* Broadpetal Strawberry: Fragaria virginiana ssp. platypetala -

* Prairie Smoke: Geum triflorum var. ciliatum -

Mallow Ninebark: Physocarpus malvaceus - In bud.

* Sticky Cinquefoil: Potentilla glandulosa (var. intermedia ?) -

* Sulfur Cinquefoil: Potentilla recta -

Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana var. var. melanocarpa -

* Interior Rose, Pearhip Rose: Rosa woodsii var. ultramontana - In bud.

Annual Burnet: Sanguisorba occidentalis - In bud.

Birchleaf Spiraea: Spiraea betulifolia -

Cusick's Sweet Pea: Lathyrus nevadensis ssp. cusickii ? - Linear leaflets only. Not in bloom yet.

* Spurred Lupine: Lupinus arbustus (Lupinus laxiflorus) -

* Silky Lupine: Lupinus sericeus -

* Twin Clover: Trifolium latifolium -

Bighead Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum -

* False-mermaid: Floerkea proserpinacoides -

* Sticky Geranium: Geranium viscosissimum -

* Nuttall's Violet: Viola vallicola (Viola nuttallii var. major) -

Common St. John's Wort: Hypericum perforatum -

Mountain Hollyhock: Illiamna rivularis -

* Oregon Checker Mallow, Oregon Sidalcea: Sidalcea oregana var. procera -

* Snow Brush: Ceanothus velutinus -

* Beautiful Clarkia, Elkhorns Clarkia: Clarkia pulchella -

* Cous: Lomatium cous -

* Slender-fruited Desert Parsley: Lomatium leptocarpum -

* Western Sweet-cicely: Osmorhiza occidentalis

* Mt. False Caraway, Bolander's Yampah: Perideridia bolanderi ssp. bolanderi -

* Narrow-leaved Collomia: Collomia linearis -

* Sky Rocket, Scarlet Gilia: Ipomopsis (Gilia) aggregata -

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis -

* Sticky Phlox: Phlox viscida - Fading out of bloom.

* Dwarf Hesperochiron: Hesperochiron pumilus - In bloom in places where snow lays late into the season.

* Line-leaf Phacelia: Phacelia linearis -

Puccoon: Lithospermum ruderale -

* Bluebells: Mertensia ciliata or Mertensia paniculata var. borealis ? -

* Long-flowered Bluebells: Mertensia longiflora -

Scouler's Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys scouleri var. penicillatus - In bud in vernally moist puddles.

Nettle-leaf Horsemint: Agastache urticifolia -

Red Bessya: Bessya rubra -

* Harsh Paintbrush: Castilleja hispida -

* Cusick's Paintbrush: Castilleja cusickii -

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora -

* Common Monkeyflower: Mimulus guttatus -

Blue Mt. Penstemon, Lovely Penstemon: Penstemon venustus -

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus -

Mountain Snowberry: Symphoricarpos oreophilus - In bud.

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium var. occidentalis -

Pearly Everlasting: Anaphalis margaritacea -

* Heart-leaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia -

Twin Arnica: Arnica sororia ? - In bud.

Stiff Sagebrush, Scabland Sagebrush: Artemisia rigida ?

Hooker's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza hookeri or Balsamorhiza incana ? - I didn't check closely enough to ID these drying plants to verify which it was.

* Hybrid Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza hirsuta/ incana X sagittata -

* Arrowleaf Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza sagitatta -

* Golden Daisy, Dwarf Yellow Fleabane: Erigeron chrysopsidis var. chrysopsidis -

* Woolly Sunflower, Oregon Sunshine: Eriophyllum lanatum var. lanatum -

Showy Aster: Eurybia conspicua (Aster conspicuus) - Leaves only at this time.

Idaho Gumweed, Low Gumweed: Grindelia nana var. nana -

Scouler's Hawkweed, Woolly Weed: Hieracium scouleri (var. albertinum?) - In bud.

* Nodding Microseris: Microseris nutans -

* False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides - Fading out of bloom

* Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatus - Fading out of bloom except in places the snow stayed late.

Leafy Aster: Symphyotrichum foliaceum ? (Aster foliaceus var. cusickii ?) - Leaves only at this time.

* Northern Mule's-ears: Wyethia amplexicaulis -

Animals Seen Along This Route:

Northern Flicker

Brewer's Blackbirds

Black-headed Grosbeaks

Western Tanager


Yellow-rumped Warblers

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Spotted Towhee

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Spotted Towhee

Barn Swallows

Snowberry Checkerspots

Boisduval's Blues

Square-spotted Blues

Wood Nymphs

View to Wallowa Mts. from Buckhorn Overlook

The photo above shows a view south towards the Wallowa Mts. from Buckhorn Overlook..........June 27, 2008.

Paul Slichter